Planning a trip to the capital city? There is a lot you can do in Delhi, a city with numerous historical places, bustling street life and cultural diversity. If you are preparing for a week in Delhi, you will have a sufficient amount of time to explore the crowded city in its distinct charm.
Old and New Delhi make up for the two different and striking parts of the city. The two contrasting parts of the city display the dense needs of an earlier era as the Old Delhi streets are irregular in direction with narrow and winding paths. Conversely, one can find the streets, roads, and settlements of New Delhi to be more organized and characterized by well-maintained greenery. We have compiled a 7-day itinerary in Delhi for you to get the best taste and feel of the city.
Begin your week in Delhi by visiting the common places of the city to get a hang of the cultural diversity and vibe. You can begin your day by touring the historical sites of Delhi like Qutub Minar, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb, and Purana Quila. Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Mehrauli part of Delhi which displays a 73 m high tower built in 1193. Humayun’s Tomb, which was built in 1750, houses the body of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Purana Quila (Old Fort) is located 10 minutes from Humayun Tomb and also displays the architectural beauty of the bygone era through its light and sound show.Tourists can explore the nearby areas lined up various eateries and restaurants in delhi.
After a day full of historical adventures, start your day early morning and witness the changing of guard ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan which starts at 8 AM. Visit the Parliament House, which is the commanding circular house designed by Lutyens. Visit India’s only underground museum, near the Rashtrapti Bhavan Museum. Admire art at National Gallery of Modern Art, National Handicraft and Handloom Museum, Rail Museum. You can also visit the National Zoological Park of Delhi. Later in the evening, visit India Gate which lights up in the dark, and enjoy the bustling and quiet places around to have the best experiences in Delhi.
Begin to explore the rustic charm of Old Delhi and visit Chandni Chowk. This pace will overwhelm your senses in every way, from the clamoured narrow lanes where you can enjoy the rickshaw rides or mix up with the constantly moving crowd as a pedestrian. View the Old havelis and one of the biggest spice markets of Asia at Khari Baoli. Devour the street foods and visit the famous ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’. Old Delhi offers various things to do to its visitors. After a tiring day, you can sit in Jama Masjid and enjoy the evening and soulful Qawwali that will surely wash away the tiredness from your body.
Start by visiting Lodi Garden where the city’s nearby residents come for early morning walks. Sit and soak in the sun amidst nature and history to experience the best of New Delhi. Walk around Lodi colony to witness the street art displays. Proceed to Red Fort which is located at the end of the Chandni Chowk. The Fort was the residence of Mughal rulers and now houses museum, palace ruins, and shops. Explore Meena Bazar which is the traditional market area from the Mughal era. Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial where he was cremated is nearby and is a place worth visiting.
One of the lesser-known Delhi highlights is Agrasen ki Baoli, a step well which is hidden amidst the high-rise building nearby, which is a good place to start another new day of the week in Delhi. Get early morning breakfast in Connaught Place’s various food joints and cafes. Head to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and Redemption Church, St. Cathedral, afterwards to absorb the serene and peaceful ambience of the place and indulge in voluntary work. Explore the ancient Hanuman Temple, Jantar Mantar, which has the ancient system of sundial, and the new Madame Tussauds Wax. You can also enjoy the evening vibe of the central hub and party in the city’s popular bars in Connaught Place.
Start your day with some fun at Adventure Island in Delhi’s Metro Walk and become a kid again riding the thrilling rides. You can then head on to explore the shopping hubs of the city in Dilli Haat, INA, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, all the while relishing the spicy and mouth-watering street food. Go on a shopping spree that won’t be too hard on your pocket as well! Hauz Khas is another must-visit place in Delhi to experience the youth culture and meet different people.
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Schedule a relaxed day on the last day of the week in Delhi by visiting Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple, Bahai Temple, which are famous for their architecture. Take a relaxed walk around the city and let the diverse and urban vibe fill you up.
What is the best time to visit Delhi?
October to November is the best time s the weather is pleasant during this time.
How o travel across the city?
Delhi is well-connected by metro and can be used easily to avoid the traffic encountered on road.
What are things to keep in mind before visiting the various historical sites of the city?
Check the timings and days on which the museums and historical sites are open to avoid bad schedules. Most of the historical sites charge an entry fee. Also, do not litter the places you visit.